• Short Summary

    Little caravan unfolds to accommodate two adults and a child.

  • Description

    Emsworth, Hampshire.

    M/S of a woman sitting a little girl into sidecar attached to lambretta then taking a suitcase and strapping it at the back of the motorbike. Cut to M/S of a man pulling a caravan with a little boat on top, out of garage. C/U shot of man's hands attaching caravan to lambretta. Man and woman, both wearing safety helmets, get on the motorcycle and family drives off.

    This is not a regular size caravan but one that is twice smaller and, as voiceover informs, can be unfolded when needed. It is built in Emsworth, Hampshire, it is simple to unfold and very comfortable.

    M/S of a family driving. It seems a miracle that sidecar, caravan and boat, all attached to little lambretta, manage to move, but there seem to be no problems at all. C/U shot of couple's heads as they drive. Woman looks back. C/U shot of a little red boat on top of the caravan. High angle shot of the little girl sitting in the sidecar looking up. M/S of lambretta stopping at the beach.

    M/S of a couple taking the boat off the caravan. Several shots of the couple unfolding the caravan. They lift the top, unfold the sides, and make a little room which, according to voiceover, "...provides comfortable accommodation for two adults and a child." Child is sitting in the sidecar, watching the parents work.

    M/S of the woman lifting the girl outside the car. Girl runs off towards the sea while mother starts to make beds.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    89.04
    Media URN:
    1417
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    20/04/1959
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:23:50:00 / 01:26:29:00
    Canister:
    CP 225

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    The newspaper article from 2010, attached below, reveals that the man in this clip is Ken Strugnell.

    "Cut to M/S of a man pulling a caravan" - the caravan was made by the Southbourne Sheet Metal Company.

    "M/S of lambretta stopping at the beach" - the location here is Bosham Quay.

    http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/ne
    ws/local/caravan-advert-man-i
    n-search-for-his-screen-wife-of-5
    9-1-1255586

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  2. Carolyn56 says

    I am the little girl, 3 years old when this was made! My father Peter Checketts used to make the folding caravans at his factory, Southbourne Sheet Metal, in Clovelly Road. I believe Ken was chosen to appear as he had the only scooter capable of towing the load, and the lady was from a nearby factory, My REAL mum Marion and my older brother Terry can be seen sitting on the harbour wall in the background as the caravan is erected.
    The route was from Stein Road, onto the then A27 through Nutbourne, then left down to Bosham and onto the shore.
    John Cuthill from BBC’s Inside Out tv programme tracked us all down and got us all together for the it’s time since 1959. It was a real treat to finally meet my screen “mum and dad”!

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